Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday Christina Lynn Lambert is visiting and talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Personal trainer

1.       What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?

Being a writer wasn’t my original career plan. Even though I have written poetry and essays for fun ever since I was a kid, I had no intention of ever becoming a writer. Before I had the crazy idea to write a book, I worked in a few different fields. I was in sales. I worked with adults with special needs. When my children were little, I worked as a personal trainer and running coach. During the evenings, when I was supposed to be studying for a fitness training certification, I started writing a story. Finally, I gave in and acknowledged that writing is what I’m meant to do.

2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.

Originally, I planned to only write paranormal romance but when I got an idea for a romantic suspense series, I decided to follow up on that thought. What I realized is that I can still bend reality to create an element of strange on the pages even when the story I’m writing is not science fiction or paranormal.

3. What is your latest release?

My latest book is Tiger’s Last Chance (Stranger Creatures book 3). In this story, Sean Whitman survived a brutal interrogation that tore apart his life and career. In spite of everything he endured, his empathy for others never faltered. But he’s not perfect either. Sean is a recovering alcoholic and music is his lifeline when things get too intense for him to bear. When Detective Nikki Jackson asks him to come to Great Oaks, Virginia to help him with a case, he falls for her like a ton of bricks. Despite his feelings for her, he intends to keep things professional. So does she, and yet….

4. What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few different things at the moment. I’m trying to finish books 4 and 5 of my Stranger Creatures series. I’m also working on the first two books of my Guardians of Blackstone Harbor series. Each book will feature a different couple fighting against the odds to find their happily ever after.

5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career?

 Growing up, I read a lot of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started reading romance. The romance novels of current times are full of strong, capable women who won’t settle for being treated as an afterthought. When I write in the romance genre, I can add science fiction, suspense, and fantasy elements to the story while focusing on the struggles of the main characters to find their happily-ever-after.

6. Where can we find you?

If you want to find me on social media, here’s a couple links:

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thursday's Fifth Scene Choices #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Medical #Hospital politics

DYLAN PLACED TWO GLASSES of wine on one of the window tables. Instead of returning to the bar, he watched Johanna walk away. When she waved, he grinned.
            Why had he promised to phone? What he knew about Johanna Gordon came from his niece. Bridget admired the older woman, and often spoke about her fairness to the nurses and her uncluttered life, a thing Bridget’s certainly wasn’t. His niece worked full-time to support four children and a husband who tossed his shoes beneath any woman’s bed.
            The strength of his attraction to Johanna rocked Dylan. Though there was no logical reason, he knew he would call and invite her to dinner.
            Since Maureen’s death, he’d had no desire to become involved with another woman. If he could find one like her, he might reassess his notion that the coupled part of his life had ended. Maureen had met his passion, his laughter and his temper with her own.
            Johanna Gordon was nothing like Maureen.  There’d been shadows in the depths of Johanna’s  brown eyes. The sadness had stirred a need in him to see them gone.
            “Nice going, old man.” Dina poked his ribs with a finger. “Glad to see you haven’t lost your touch with the ladies.”
            “Get out of here with your nonsense. I was only being the gentleman.”
            “Looked to me like she got to you.” She danced away and collided with her sister-in-law. “Your father invited a lady to lunch.”
            “And I missed it,” Colleen said. “What’s she like?”
            “In her forties. Tall, slender, brown hair. Kind of stiff, but she had a sweet smile. He saved her life.”
            Colleen giggled. “My dad, the hero. What happened?”
            Before Dina had a chance to answer, Dylan put his hand on her shoulder. “Get to work, the pair of you.”
            Dina laughed. “This is for the way you teased Patrick and me. Payback’s a—”
            He put a finger on her lips. “Watch your mouth. If music can effect the unborn, just think what that kind of language can do. I don’t want my grandson arriving with a sewer mouth.”
            “What if he’s a girl?”
            “You’re having a boy. I’ve the second sight. It’s a family trait.”
            Patrick’s loud guffaw interrupted the verbal sparring match. “My lovely wife, you’ll never win a battle of words with Dad. Who do you think this place is named for?”
            Dylan winked at Dina and walked to the bar. He pushed Patrick to the opening. “Get out there and give your wife and sister a hand with the tables.”
            “On my way. I liked her looks. You know, I’m amazed an old man can move so fast.”
            “I’ll give you old. Three rounds in the backyard in the morning.”
            Patrick chuckled. “Be sure to call her. You need more of a social life than family gatherings and watching Colleen’s boys.”
            “Hey, he volunteers to babysit. Just wait ’til Dina pops and we’ll see who calls Dad.” Colleen patted Dylan’s arm. “I’ll add my vote for the lady.”
            Dylan laughed. Even thinking about Johanna made him eager to see her. He filled four mugs with beer and slid them down the bar. Tomorrow, he thought. Let her get used to life with a kitten.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday Seducing the Photographer #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Romance #Photographs #Hudson River

Seducing the Photographer (At First Sight Book 2)

Join the authors at #MFRWHooks here  for some great excerpts. Mine is the second of the Seduction series

Meg is sure she’s made a mistake when she agrees to pick up and Injured Steve, the magazine group’s photographer from the airport. The first moment she saw him, the Blakefield Curse took effect. She fell in love and she was a forever woman. He wasn’t. Spending time with him over the weekend only cements her feelings. She has rules of life and she breaks everyone of them even the new ones she added that weekend.

Steve has been intrigued by Meg and he enjoys her blushes. He’s found ways to raise them but something more is happening here. When she leaves abruptly, he wants to track her down but his broken leg makes pursuit difficult. Now he must find a way to win her over and that takes some time and clever moves.

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“I’ll give you that.” He straightened. “When he came to the group fulltime he cut his ties with her rag. Be a sport and do the airport run.”

“Send a limo.”
“A limo isn’t how we treat our employees. Dad’s away. Luke’s tied up. Allie’s with Greg. I’m off to check some B and Bs.”
“Maybe I have plans.”
“Do you?”
“Sort of.”
He arched a brow. “No you don’t. What is your problem?”
She couldn’t tell him how every time Steve appeared she felt like a teen crushing on the school jock. “I…”
“Come on. Now that Allie’s moved you’re the closest to JFK and you drive that huge four door sedan.”
“Company policy.”
She groaned. When any staffer was out of town on assignment unless they had a ride arranged, a member of the Blakefield family played chauffer. “You win.”
“Good. Drive the sedan and don’t think about taking a limo or a taxi.”
Why was her vehicle of choice important? She closed her eyes and planned. If the plane landed at nine, she could leave the airport by nine thirty. The drive to the Hudson River village where he lived would take an hour or so. Thirty minutes later she would be home. She could avoid the temptation to jump him for that long.
“You win,” she repeated. “I’ll go.”
Mark patted her hand. “Good girl.”
She debated barking or biting. She waved him away. “You owe me.”
He paused. “One more thing. Take the wheelchair I parked in the hall. Steve had a small accident.”
Meg went into protective mode. “How small?”
“A lot of bruises and a broken leg.”
She rolled her eyes. There went her plans for a quick pickup and delivery. She would have to accompany him into the apartment. She thought about throwing something but the only thing on her ultra neat desk were her laptop, the phone and a stack of page proofs. She ran to the door.
“Mark, you really owe me and I’ll collect.”
The closing elevator door was her answer.
Steve Morgan. A sound midway between a sigh and a groan escaped. She was in trouble. He was hot, but his frequent teasing remarks made her bristle. His green eyes hinted promises he would keep for a time. She wanted to believe he would commit forever but she’d heard volumes about his short attention span. According to her sister he’d dated and discarded at least four women in the three months he’d been a Good Magazine Group employer.
You don’t want an affair. Rule number two. Any man you consider must want a lifetime commitment. No matter how many stars she wished upon Steve wasn’t that man. She laughed. Saying yes to what hadn’t been and what would never be offered was foolish.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Revision - Dialogue #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Revision #amwriting #Dialogue

Part of looking at your characters is considering their dialogue. Have you ever read a book where all the characters sound like each other? Or one where the dialogue is so heavy with dialect you need a road map to know what people are saying. There's also the one where people talk and talk and say nothing. One way to look at your dialogue is to read it aloud. Just the speeches and not name the speaker. May mean a bit of extra work. Like typing out the dialogue lines on a sheet and reading them aloud. So revising dialogue is important to make your story sing. There are a number of points to consider. Practiced often enough and the writing becomes easier.

1. Remember dialogue is action and reaction. When your characters are talking to each other, what one say should bring a response from the one being spoken to. Means what they each says shows some kind of action and calls for a reaction. This doesn't necessarily mean a quarrel. Think of a heroine speaking to her best friend about choosing a dress to wear to an event. What she says triggers her friend's response. What if she's speaking to a non-friend. The answers would be different. Or speaking to her mother.

During the scene, there has to be movement as in body language, tone of voice. Without these, the words become flat. Does she scream, mumble the words. Are the responses emphatic or weak? If there's no interaction and no movement look at the passage again.

We'll be looking at more ways to enhance dialogue while revising in the next few posts.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #Writing $Reading #Thoughts #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor

Meander 1 Reading _ Am up to book 4 of C J Cherryh's series and am finding new things as I read. Really enjoy this series. Will soon be reading excerpts for a contest and this will slow down my reading but September 8 and I hope I'm ready for the next installment of this fabulous series.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - The election is coming and a way must be found so everyone eligible to vote can vote in safety. When a certain man wanted to postpone the election, I'm glad people realized this isn't his choice. Fortunately there has never been an election postponed even in the midst of war both civil and other countries. I will be gld to vote by mail provided the ballots will reach there in time. This same man who wants to postpone the election wants to make sure thepost office works slower. He has a lot of nerve and no oneis going after him. I think this borders on the T word.

Meander 3 - Writing - Am nearly done with the rough draft of Moon Rising Nilos and am very pleased with how it's going.  Should have this finished in a few weeks and then onto drafts 5 and 6. That means making sense and trying to be sure the plot hs no gaping holes.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday's Book Choices #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Medical #Hospital politics #Contemporary romance


Johanna Gordon devotes her time and energy to her job as Director of Nursing at Hudson Community Hospital. With budget cuts hanging over her head, Johanna suspects the CEO of scheming a plan that threatens her job as well as the hospital, and she’s determined to find out why.

The choices she’s made for herself and her career leave her with no social life until she meets Dylan Connelly. He’s everything she’s always wanted, loving, devoted to his kids and everything she’s never had. Just when she finds love with the new man, an old flame returns with promises of a life together. Johanna has to decide between security and companionship, while trying to recapture the past, or moving forward with her new life.

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Janet Lee Walters has provided her many fans with still another conflict-driven story that's filled with a realistic, edgy medical setting, a plucky proactive heroine, and a cast of secondary characters that portray all the foibles of the human condition. Joanna Gordon, Director of Nurses at a community hospital is faced with tough choices. She must stand up to the unscrupulous CEO, doing what she knows in her
heart is right, even if it costs her her job. Joanna grapples with choices in the romance department as well. While she is the epitomy of a driven career woman at the hospital, when it comes to matters of the heart, she's much more the soft kitten, just like her pet kitty at home. The book held my interest right until the end as I kept reading to know which man would win out. I wasn't disappointed!

All-in-all, this an enjoyable read that deserves a 5 star rating

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Beverley Bateman #MFRWAuthor #Suspense #New Orleans #Serial Killer

Death Southern Style by [Beverley Bateman]

Death Southern Style
When Perrine Dupré dies under suspicious circumstances her daughter, Julie Ann Dupré, returns to New Orleans to find the truth about her mother’s death. She uncovers a family secret, hidden for years. Now someone is trying to kill her. Will the little dog who appears after her mother’s death help her? Is the sexy detective out to help her, or is he part of police corruption?
Detective Connor O’Reilly, a native of New Orleans, comes from a family of police. He’s an honest cop but realizes there is corruption in the division. His father may have died as part of that corruption. He meets Julie Ann, checks out her mother’s death and finds it was badly handled. Julie Ann deserves the truth and he wants to find it for her.
Julie Ann and Connor work together to unravel the real reason behind Perrine Dupré’s murder, Julie Ann’s mysterious past, and why people want her dead, while developing their challenging relationship. Can they both survive? And can their relationship survive?
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The Foundation
Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married.  She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women and on the track of a serial killer.
Mac is responsible for training women in special ops techniques, so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara, sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.
Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?
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Kye Hawkins has loved Janna since he first met her. They were married but a few weeks later she ran away, without an explanation. He still hasn’t figured out why. Now she’s coming back. Does she still love him? Can he rekindle the romance and also prevent her from being killed?
Janna doesn’t want Kye’s help in anyway, yet he always seems to be there when she’s in trouble. Can they work together to find a killer, save the Native burial ground and home of the spirits, and find romance again?

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